The Shadow of the Wind

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Character - Daniel Sempere - Compassion"'What we'd really need is someone very special, half detective, half poet, someone who won't charge much or be afraid to tackle the impossible.' 'I think I have the right candidate,' I said. I found Fermin Romero de Torres in his usual lodgings below the arches of Calle Fernando..." pg 81This quote does an excellent job in reflecting the literary element of character from the novel The Shadow of the Wind. It shows the main character, Daniel's, compassion and meekness towards the poor and towards people in need. The quote represents a time where Daniel's father is in search of someone who is able to help them at the 'Cemetery of Forgotten books' for very little money. Daniel remembers Fermin, a beggar, having had spoken to him the night he had been thrown into the streets; and thus chooses him to be the man that would help him and his father at the bookshop.

He remembers Fermin as being a strong-minded man and had looked past the fact that he was a beggar. It was because of this action that Daniel is seen as a young, compassionate boy willing to help others.

The article "Collin Farrell helps Toronto homeless man" relates very much so to the quotation and to the literary element. Collin Farrell is a famous actor adorn by many fans. However, while visiting Toronto, he saw a homeless man who had caught his attention. He decided to help the man by taking him on a $2,100.00 shopping spree for clothes and food, and at the end of the night gave him $10,000.00 to help pay his rent for an entire year. Collin Farrell could be seen as a compassionate man for giving money that he had worked hard for to a...